Port Vale programme notes

February 3, 2008

[image1]Fan of the Year – Jim Chappell

Jim Chappell has been selected as the Bristol Rovers nomination for the Football League Fan of the Year.

He was chosen from a shortlist of nominations put forward by members over the last month.

The selection panel, made up of the chairman of the Supporters Club committees, (and not including Mr Chappell!) was unanimous in its decision.

The panel said: “Jim has made an outstanding contribution to the Supporters Club over a long number of years and the nomination is well deserved.”

Jim, aged 60, of Horfield, recently retired from his job as a shipping agent in Avonmouth.

He has been a Rovers fan since he was taken to watch the Gas play Sheffield Wednesday on the last day of the 1958-59 season. Jim’s first role at the club was as a ball-boy at Eastville but failed in an unsuccessful trial to make it onto the playing staff.

Jim became vice-chairman then chairman of the Supporters Club way back in the 1980’s before standing down a few years ago. But he was willing to take up the task again when the position became vacant again and is now devoting even more time to being chairman since he retired.

During the Twerton Park days he towed the club shop (a mobile trailer) to and from Bath. He recently built a hut for the programme trolleys and built the shop counters in the matchday Portakabin and can regularly be seen helping out in Pirate Leisure. One of  Jim’s latest tasks has been helping get the covers on and off the Memorial Stadium pitch during the wet weather.

Jim has not missed a home match “for decades” and goes to many away games. He was one of the brave few at Accrington last season and could also be seen at windswept Barrow for the FA Cup-tie.

Football Supporters’ Federation  

Normally fans from Bristol have quite a journey to get to the Federation‘s  South West and South Wales division annual general meeting but this year it is being held virtually on our doorstep in Weston-super-Mare.

It is being staged at Weston-super-Mare Football Club in Winterstoke Road. There will be a buffet lunch at 12 noon with the meeting starting at 12.30pm on Sunday, February 10.

If you have any topics you would like included in the agenda then contact the address below. Nominations for the positions of Chairperson, Treasurer, Secretary and representative for the National Council, are also requested.

You can contact Ken Malley on 01288 381259 or 07976 034242 or email to ken.malley@fsf.org.uk or contact Steve Darke on 01392 669270 or 07966 154565 or email ecfc1904@yahoo.co.uk.

Welcome To The Valiants

Good afternoon to all at the Memorial Stadium and a warm welcome to all who have travelled down from the Midlands and other parts to support Port Vale.

The Valiants have over the years been thought of as the underdogs in the Potteries when compared with another football club in those parts. After all, Stoke City was among twelve founder members of the League in 1888-89 and established on the top tier when Burslem PV joined the second Division in 1892.

I arrived at Vale Park early on the first day of the season. Many Vale supporters were had arrived early too and so I took the opportunity to chat as football fans like to do. I was left in no doubt that Vale are a Burslem club and that the local folks consider Burslem to be their home town. They can boast a very famous son of course. Stanley Matthews was born and brought there as I understand it; the one and only and to my mind the greatest footballer to have ever graced the field of play.

A first game reverse fixture takes us solidly into the second half of the season. Over the coming weeks the fortunes of clubs in all divisions and in the major cup competitions begin to unfold. Our progress in the FA Cup is attracting much media attention and a good deal of speculation amongst our fans. Some I have spoken with are disappointed not to be going to a big four ground but as I see it Southampton at home is a game we can look forward to and win.

Port vale almost went all the way in 1954 before falling narrowly to West Bromwich Albion 2-1, a victory that relied on a penalty by former Vale player Ronnie Allen. Who is to say that this may not be our year? Our only two former appearances in the quarter final also came in the fifties. We are due or even overdue another one. Not too much pressure but I think we have a great opportunity this time round.

The support for our football club has been immense over the past weeks and I know how much this is appreciated by the management team and players. The home support against Fulham in the third round was overwhelming and must have played a big part in our success.  The Fulham manger was moved to say so. The away fixture at Barnet last Saturday again proved what solid support can do. Our supporters were very patient and understanding of what the players were up against in the first half.

The slope at Underhill is a hill and difficult for away teams to get to grips with. We were rewarded with a fine goal and a good all round professional performance. Our travelling Rovers fans got right behind the team as the players saw the game out; all in all great credit to our football club, thank you to one and all. I said in my programme notes around a year ago that I believed another golden age for Bristol Rovers beckons.

When I was at primary school we were blessed with a fine young coach who worked very hard by all accounts and inspired not just the players in those days but the whole football club to the finest period in our long history. I genuinely believe that what goes round comes around and at this time we have a leadership to push us on and to get us right back up there. The ingredients are hard work, good coaching and thorough preparation coupled with the magnificent support that has been demonstrated time and again down the years.  Again today, this is Bristol and we are Bristol Rovers. Come on Rovers, come on you Blues.

Ken Masters

Important Stadium news – We Need Your Help

The football club has submitted a revised planning application to the city council over the new stadium. Whilst the plans are fundamentally the same – 18,500 all seater stadium – there have been some important and necessary changes that require a new application to be made.

The new application is now in the consultation period which is due to on end on the 10th February 2008. Please send a letter of support to Bristol City Council? Opponents to the scheme are submitting many objections and we need to tell the city council why this redevelopment is so important to Bristol Rovers and Bristol Rugby fans.

Please write a personal letter of support to Bristol City Council. to the following address:- Head of Planning Services, Bristol City Council, Brunel House, St. George’s Road, Bristol, BS1 5UY. Fans can also lend their support by e-mailing their comments to the council at north.planning@bristol.gov.uk The application number is 08/00061/F.

Quiz Night

We are holding the latest of our popular General Knowledge Quiz Nights in the Clubhouse Bristol Room at the Memorial Stadium next Thursday (feb 7th) starting at 7.45pm..

It is being run by Phil Draper with prizes for the winners.

Teams are limited to a maximum of Five.

Share Scheme

The current membership at the end of December 2007 stands at:-
Bronze          246
Silver               77
Gold                   9
Platinum            3
Corporate        1
Total                 336

The total monthly income is £5,171

For individuals weekly membership of the scheme begins at less than the price of a pint of beer. There are four different ordinary levels and the corporate scheme, these options are:

·        Bronze Option – £10.83 per month

·        Silver Option – £21.67 per month

·        Gold Option – £43.34 per month

·        Platinum Option – £83.34 per month.

·        Corporate Option – £100.00 per month.

If you would like to join or introduce someone else please contact Clare McDonagh at Pirate Leisure on (0117) 952 4001 clare@bristolrovers.co.uk

 “We need your help in ‘growing’ the Share Scheme income”

 Places still available for Organised Juniors Matchday Parties

This scheme is for schools and organised junior teams to apply for up to 50 free matchday tickets in the Family Enclosure or subject to availability the Becks Stand or Guinness Stand. This will include for some parents to supervise them. Eagle Coaches has again agreed to provide a free bus within the Bristol area and will go further a field for a subsidised cost. As an example we have parties from Nailsea, Wells, Bath and from Frome and this will cost £100 so good value at £2 a head.

We still have Oldham on the 12th February, Northampton on the 4th March and the last four games angst Huddersfield, Hartlepool, Gillingham and Brighton. The available games will be filled quickly so you will need to hurry to avoid disappointment.

Please get your applications to davidbrain1883@btinternet.com or (07765)254110. There will only be one coach per game so priority will be given on a first come first serve basis but we will also give higher consideration to parties who will fill the coach. We would also be please to hear from smaller parties who can make their own way to the ground.

Many thanks again to Eagle Coaches

This afternoon I would like to welcome a party from the St Valliers under 12’s who all live in the area immediately around the ground.

David Brain, Director and Share Scheme Chairman, davidbrain1883@btinternet.com


Have You Won £965?

The winning 50/50 from our Cup-tie against Fulham was nearly £1,000 – and it had not been claimed by the time we went to press.

The winning ticket number was:  07742

It was sold by Edd Gould at the Clubhouse End.

50/50 draw v Walsall

Brett Hibberd of Patchway won the £692 prize.

The winning ticket number was:     07251

It was sold by Marc Radford in/around The Wellington.

Supporters Club Christmas Draw

First Prize – £1,000.00 T. Smith – 49794. Second Prize – £250.00 Wilf Aldous –

05051.Third Prize – £100.00 P. M. May – 25760

FOUR PRIZES OF £25.00 Steve Apfelstet – 04147. R. Webster – 29611

A. Dry – 09466. Miss M. Hawker – 23061


VOUCHERS B. Hall – 42850.  David Reed – 240898. Pam Randall – 47780. Tom

Gill – 17977. Tom Cooper – 42011. K. Relton – 41346. G E Baber – 02745.  Laura

Johnson – 1163.  Mike Johnson – 06021.  Melanie Cridse – 19321



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